Southern California in the 1980s was a crazy time and place for the region's hardcord punk milieu. In his book on the topic, We Got Power! Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California, visual artist Cameron Jamie likens photographing punk shows to photographing a crime scene. The book plays out like The Adolescents’ “Kids of the Black Hole” in visual form -- wayward kids acting out against the Reagan era, embracing bands like Black Flag, TSOL, and The Minutemen, who were just getting started. The book is photo heavy -- featuring live shots, candids, and posed photos of major players including a young Henry Rollins, Mike Watt, and Chuck Dukowski, who share stories about the DIY ethos of hardcore punk’s formative years. Following a successful exhibition in Santa Monica last year, "We Got Power!" makes its way to Phoenix for a couple of weeks to tell the story of the high-energy music and the people who played it.
"We Got Power!" has a free, all-ages opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 20, at Modified Arts, 407 East Roosevelt Street. Call 602-462-5516 or visit www.wegotpowerbook.com.